I had an awesome day at the coast yesterday... I mainly wanted to play with my new GoPro camera, but also wanted to look for some gulls and stuff, as well as tire the dogs out. Success! I started my morning at the cove in Seaside...
Black Turnstones were scurrying over rocks by the dozen. I was stoked.
I was watching them move across the rocks for awhile when I noticed this guy:
My first Ruddy Turnstone!! So awesome. The other turnstones were mad jealous of the Ruddy's fancy colors.
And one last Black Turnstone...
I took a lot of gull pictures throughout the day... Here's an easy one:
Next we headed to Fort Stevens State Park in Warrenton. There were some small mixed flocks of shorebirds from which I could pick out only a couple species, Semipalmated Plover being the most obvious.
The rest of the birds looked like they might be Western Sandpipers and Dunlin, but I didn't get very good looks...
Later on I headed down to the Necanicum Estuary near Seaside, hoping for more shorebirds. I didn't see very many, but down by the ocean were a couple of Black-bellied Plovers.
Also hanging out were tons of Caspian Terns and California Gulls. And some ghost people.
That was about it for birds... Back at Fort Stevens Park earlier I played with the GoPro for awhile. If you're not familiar with it, you should google it. Basically it's a very small HD video camera with a waterproof shell. I decided to attach it to the dogs and set it to take photos every 2 seconds.
Here are a couple that Jake took:
And one that Ralph took:
Here's what Jake looked like wearing the camera (taken with my cell phone):
And lastly, one of the videos I took with it of Jake fetching a stick in the water. It's kind of noisy, but I like how it looks.
Oops, I posted this but forgot to mention the dead gull I found... I noticed some bones poking out of the sand along with some fishing line. Tugging on the line brought up this:
There was a fish hook going through part of the gull hip:
Did the gull eat a fish with a fish hook and it got caught? When I pulled the gull out of the sand, the pelvis and other bones detached from the rest of the skeleton but was still attached with the fish line. I cut the line so I could take the part with the fish hook with me.